Project Description

UCLA Extension and GCI Cyber Certificate Program for Lawyers

The UCLA Extension and GCI Cyber Certificate Program for Lawyers focuses on providing lawyers with the necessary insight and tools to shape cyber corporate strategy for their respective firms. Participants emerge as legal experts in cyber law, essential for the security and accountability for every type of legal practice.

The program provides lawyers with the fundamental concepts of cyber security and its application to governance, risk management, insurance, and incident response. Insight into concepts, practices, legal requirements, and case studies is presented from the viewpoint of a lawyer and drawn from examples of cybersecurity designs, plans, incident responses, insurance policies and procedures that were effective and ineffective in countering potential threats and actual attacks. Led by UCLA Extension and GCI’s world class legal scholars and cyber security experts composed of Fortune 500 CISO’s, insurance executives, cyber innovators, practicing and former senior government officials, risk executives, and peers. This is not a technical curriculum.

Instructors bring real-world experience in leading programs for large/complex organizations in the public and private sectors. In this certification, lawyers will learn how to explain to all levels of management, including both technical and non-technical executive leadership, why cyber security must be a priority. Participants will learn how to educate and influence senior management so that security and risk mitigation becomes a primary component of corporate strategy.

The course involves attending an intensive two day in-person class that allows those with limited time to engage, learn, and network with peers and leading industry leaders and academics. The content and structure of the series allows lawyers who do not have a background in cyber security to be successful, while offering new areas of knowledge and applied practice for lawyers who have prior cyber security experience. The course is eligible for CLE credits, including ethics.

  • World class educators –  Law enforcement, Chief Security Officers, Lawyers, and Professors
  • Interdisciplinary Approach – Courses are taught from a comprehensive perspective that combines the benefits of top-tier schools and leading faculty from computer science, law, policy, and business.
  • Efficient/Executive-friendly – A blended learning model that combines theory and real-world experience to empower success.

The UCLA Extension and GCI Cyber Certificate Program for Lawyers meets the same high academic standards of UCLA’s graduate programs, with challenging interdisciplinary curriculum designed to prepare cyber security executives to excel in their field.

This UCLA Extension course qualifies for Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

Roll up your sleeves to solve real-world challenges and learn to use practices developed by top companies from some of the best in the field.

Terminology of Threats,
Software, Hardware, and LE
Overview of 1st Party,
3rd Party, and Other
Risk Management
State of the Law
Threats, actors and
Endorsement v. Standalone
cyber security policies
Understanding the
policy language
National Security
Law and Policy
Dark Web – Learn How
to buy malware using Bitcoin
Strategies and tips for
creating and evaluating a policies
Strategies to Manage
through a breach
Understanding Breach
Fundamentals of a cyber
security program
Emerging policy issues
impacting business and firms
Cyber Security Controls
and Processes
Overview of GDPR and
Cyber security
Incident Response Plan
and policies (outsourcing, etc.)
Simulations and table
top exercises
Best practices for
managing outside counsel
and working with security,
communications, and risk

Engage. Learn. Network.

This seminar is designed to prepare lawyers with a broader and more strategic understanding of the critical role that cyber risk management plays in organizational growth and success in connection with the law. Participants gain technical, analytical, and communication skills through our robust interdisciplinary curriculum, which seeks to provide a comprehensive understanding of the new cyber security threats and players.

The seminar explores the vulnerabilities that arise from the use of cyberspace. The seminar explores how the United States and the many other nations are responding to those vulnerabilities and how to analyze the policy and legal frameworks that are developing.

Lawyers will examine issues relating to the organization of cyberspace to understand how government entities and private parties may respond to cyber threats under the current legal and policy frameworks. Attorneys will be introduced to policy and legal concepts relating to the private sector and civilian government engagement in cyberspace. The program will also include an examination of the application of traditional laws of armed conflict to the new cyber domain.

Walk away with having completed the following:

  •  See and surf the Dark Web and buy ransomware.
  • Learn how to analyze and review cyber insurance policies.
  • Review and develop incident response plans.
  • Network with your fellow peers in the industry. 
  • Review the current state of case law relating to cyber security issues.
  • Learn to engage technical cyber security stakeholders in a substantive dialog.
  • Develop templates and practices you can employ at your own firm.
  • Obtain the tools necessary to engage cyber security and risk professionals.
  • Learn by participating in table top simulations best practices to deploy when acting as a breach coach.

2019 Dates & Locations

*Dates & locations are subject to change

Past Courses


The programs cost $4,200 in the United States and $5,500 outside of the United States. The government rate is $1999 globally. The price of both programs includes all course materials and access to UCLA Extension’s online facilities. The in-classroom program also includes continental breakfast & lunch, but do not include additional expenses such as parking. Group discounts are available for teams of 3 or more individuals.

Group discounts are available for teams of 3 or more individuals.


Daniel Garrie
Journal of Law & Cyber Warfare

David Cass
Chief Information Security Officer

Aristedes Maharias
Special Agent, Special Operations / Cyber Division

David Lawrence
Founder and Chief Collaborative Officer

Paul Kiesel
Kiesel Law LLP
Founding Partner

Antonio Tavares Paes Jr.
Costa e Tavares Paes Advogados
Founding Partner

Mark Mermelstein
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Shannon Willison
Beazley Group

Eric Jensen
Brigham Young University
Professor of Law

Michael Gold
Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Mitchell LLP
Corporate and Litigation Partner

Chris Poole

Chris Poole
Chief Executive Officer

Una Dean
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Niten Jaiswal
Broadridge Financial Solutions
Vice President – Cloud Services Group

Kevin McGee
HCL Technologies
Executive Vice President – Chief Risk & Compliance Officer

Tom Ricketts
Aon Risk Solutions
Practice Leader

Vlad Brodsky
OTC Markets Group
Chief Information Security Officer